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Chase Creek

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  1. I just tried that, and now I have to make an appointment with the chiropractor. (Some nice looking feathers there.)
  2. Absolutely no reason why any of those wouldn't work. What part of Ohio are you in? I'm located in Toledo.
  3. Interesting topic. I think I've been involved in 60+ swaps now. Here and a few on another board.That certainly doesn't make me an expert of any kind. BUT - I enjoy them when I get to try something new, and see other interpretations of a pattern. I find a swap to be more valuable when the recipe for the flies received are included. Most of the flies received don't include anything except who tied them. The recipe could be put on the tag, or just added as a post in the thread.This might be a request added by the SM. Communication in the thread from the SM is very important, even if it's just a reminder to swappers who have not sent in their flies that time is running short. Also, it's great when a SM acknowledges the receipt of a swapper's flies. (I think most do) Irks me when a swapper does not send in his flies, and doesn't say anything. I realize that life sometimes gets in the way, but common courtesy should govern. I fish a lot of the swap flies, and keep the rest in the tin they got sent back in, still attached to the tags. I have a few actually displayed in a frame with the tag still attached. A while (quite a while) back, we had SM's opening swaps to as many as 20 swappers. I did raise a flag on that. My thought was the swaps were to encourage newer tiers to participate and gain experience. Tying 20 flies of the same pattern might intimidate some new tiers, so I thought it should be kept down to a dozen. If there was an overwhelming number of folks wanting to sign up, then the swap could be split into 2 swaps. All in all, I've never really had a bad experience with a swap - my flies have always arrived safely at the SM, and I have always received the swap flies back in good time.
  4. We don't have any cats - but my neighbor does.
  5. Ed - about your wife's flip-flops - DON'T! Women have a way of sensing if their flip-flops have been messed with. I don't understand it, just some sort of magic on their part.
  6. Find the number of the local DNR office - they should be able to give you some information.
  7. Cool image. BUT, that tree looks disturbingly like my first wife!
  8. OOOOHHH! This topic pushes a button for me! I'm a firm believer that you don't have to spend a lot of money in this sport. If you WANT to, that's OK with me - just don't make other folks think it's necessary. EXAMPLE When the Boy Scouts came out with the fly fishing merit badge a few years ago, the local Council summer camp brought in someone (adult) who was an experienced fly fisherman to instruct the merit badge class. He told the boys they needed a $500 rod and a $300 reel to get into the sport. How many boys do you think went home and asked mom and dad for $800 so he could try fly fishing to see if he liked it? Not many, I'll bet. This is an example of the myth that fly fishing is for the rich. Unfortunately, that is how many folks see fly fishing. C'MON, FOLKS; it's just another way to fish! I have enjoyed fly fishing for about 50 years, and I have several rods / reels, but none of the rods cost over $100, reels maybe $60. I would like to have a bamboo rod, but I also want to eat and make the house payment. Want and need are two very different things. If you want a $1200 bamboo rod, and can afford it, that's fine with me. But the fish will never know the difference. Stepping down from soapbox now.
  9. I keep my head cement (Sally Hanson's) in a small jar with a screw on cap. I use a toothpick to apply it. I also put a THIN film of Vasoline on the bottle threads. That keeps the cap from sticking to the threads. I think the Dyna King reservoir is probably what you're alluding to, if you want to spend the bucks for it.
  10. The flies are in the hands of the USPS, on their way!
  11. That's a really cool image of the fly reel. (Might even steal that for my computer desktop image, if that's OK)
  12. Thanks for posting. Very interesting stuff. I'm certainly no expert on vintage fly tying or flies, but I do see a couple of familiar things in that group of materials. The box of hooks on the left looks like vintage Mustad hooks, out of Norway.I would guess the late 60's - very early 70's Also, the name Hank Roberts on a couple of the material packages rings a bell. Believe I had a couple of Hank Roberts backpacking stoves many years ago, probably early 70's. Don't know if they were in the fly tying business before or after they made backpacking equipment. I would guess sometime before. Would love to see more info on these items.
  13. Welcome. Folks here from beginners to world class tiers, and all more than willing to share information and techniques freely. Don't be shy; if you have a question or a problem, feel free to blurt it out. Someone will have an answer or solution. (Check out the Photography Forum - some of us could probably use your advice there.) Again, welcome.
  14. Lovely. Really like the white highlights on the wraps.
  15. I use a homemade light box and two desk lights with daylight bulbs. Also use a tripod if you can, and a shutter release (or use the "delay" feature of your camera). Play around with different setups. That's the beauty of digital cameras - doesn't cost anything to take 10 or 100 exposures, you can experiment to your heart's content.
  16. Just to throw something in the mix - I always understood "pre-waxed" thread to mean it was waxed just enough to keep the thread fibers from unwinding, it isn't enough to do anything else, like dubbing. I use wax most of the time when using dubbing loops and touch dubbing. When making silk or thread dubbing brushes, it is required to keep the brush from unwinding. I also think waxed thread helps keep some materials from slipping on the hook. As flytire said, it's really a matter of preference (except for the brushes).
  17. Wooly-Something, size 12 Red thread head means it's weighted.
  18. Cool video, cool CDC Emerger pattern -
  19. I don't save scraps at all. I usually have quite a bit, and I'll save a piece of something if I'm tying another of that pattern right away, but saving scraps for another day just takes up storage space.
  20. Got mine today. Great lookin' ties, can't wait to take them swimming! Thanks for hosting, appreciated.
  21. BB, we had talked about swap numbers a couple of years ago, when there was a run of swaps with 20 participants (for some reason). Generally agreed that that many was pretty intimidating for less experienced tyers, and would put them off from signing up. Since swaps are meant to be a learning thing, i think 11-12 swappers is about optimum, and most everyone can handle tying that number. Just my $.02. And you're right - well run swaps seem to fill up fast. Netabrookie - I will using the urine stained hair from the belly of a Northern Bhutanese Yak, obtained from a fly shop in Tibet.
  22. Simple, and fast. Hook - Caddis Thread - 14/0 Brown Body - Braided backing line, waxed and lightly touch dubbed.
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